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Secrets of a Wedding Night

Secret Brides (Volume 1)

Valerie Bowman

St. Martin's Paperbacks

Secrets of a Wedding Night

Valerie Bowman

 

HOW TO STOP A WEDDING

Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill,has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girlto fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” knowing it will find its way into his intended’s innocent hands…

 

HOW TO SEDUCE A WIDOW

Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son—someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon’s new fiancée cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it’s his former fiancée Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retractionor prepare to be seduced—to find out how wonderful a wedding night canbe…

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CHAPTER 1
 

London, April 1816
Boom. Boom. Boom.
The blows on the door echoed through the foyer. Lily heard them all the way in the study where she was poring over the dismal household accounts for the hundredth time.
“I demand to see the countess,” a deep male voice thundered.
Lily stopped scribbling. She glanced at Leopold, the scruffy brown terrier who sat curled on a worn cushion at her feet. “Demand? Good heavens.” She shook her head. “Which one of my so-called admirers is at it today?”
Returning her attention to the ledger,
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Praise for Secrets of a Wedding Night

"Bowman’s engaging sense of characterization, gift for creating sexual chemistry, and graceful writing style give her debut romance a splendidly satisfying emotional depth."--Booklist on Secrets of a Wedding Night (Starred Review!)

"This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom." --RT Book Reviews

"Valerie Bowman is an accomplished storyteller. SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT has it all, a clever story line, witty and engaging dialogue and passionate love scenes that ignite the senses."--Romance Junkies

"Clever, fun, and fantastic!"— New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch

  

"Secrets of A Wedding Night is the most charming and clever debut I've read in years!  With her sparkling dialogue, vivid characters and self-assured writing style, Valerie Bowman has instantly established herself as a romance author with widespread appeal.  This engaging and sweetly romantic story is just too delightful to miss."—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

 

“Ms. Bowman is quite the tease.  How I love a good society scandal.  The hero is absolutely yummy!”—Donna MacMeans

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Fiction Review: Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman. St. Martin's Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-00895-4
Bowman begins her Secret Brides trilogy with an enchanting Regency where passions ignite between a young widow and a roguish nobleman. Lily Andrews, the dowager countess of Merrill, publishes a pamphl
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Valerie Bowman

  • Valerie Bowman has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College. By day, she is a technical writer and editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love. Her work has been nominated for several fiction awards, and her novel Secrets of a Wedding Nightwon first place in two romance writer contests. Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Fleming Island, Florida with her two rascally dogs.

     

    Visit her website at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.

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